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Dr. Madison Cloninger

Dr. Cloninger joined Plaza Veterinary Hospital in the spring of 2014. She began her pursuit of veterinary medicine from the young age of 6 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the pet loving community in Burlington. A native of Salisbury, NC she received a bachelor's degree in animal science at North Carolina State University in two and a half years, graduating as valedictorian in her eagerness to begin veterinary school which she completed at Colorado State University.

Dr. Cloninger has a sincere interest in pain management in all aspects of medical care, including preventative care, in order to improve quality of life for our animals. She is certified in animal acupuncture as one of the ways she can offer pain management techniques. She has recently begun to develop more of an interest in emergency medicine and surgical procedures. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son and pursuing almost any outdoor activity- especially hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding, as well as snowshoeing when the chance arises!

Dr. Elisa Coccaro

I grew up in Reidsville NC. I did my undergraduate work in Biology at Wake Forest University and received my Masters in Biology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA. I graduated from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. My son attends UNC-Charlotte. I live with my 4 cats: Rajah, Hippie, Senor, and Orion. In my free time I like flower gardening and traveling.

Dr. Marie Ballengee

Dr. Ballengee has called North Carolina her home since 1994 - though originally from central New York. She is a 2002 graduate of North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She also hold a BS in Pharmacy from Purdue University. In addition, She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee and certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (cVMA) from Colorado State University.

Dr. Ballengee enjoys preventative health care and medicine and takes special interest in small animal acupuncture and rehabilitation services. Dr. Ballengee joined Plaza Veterinary Hospital in December of 2015 and works on Wednesdays. She has been a wonderful addition to our team at Plaza and we look forward to the future with her at this practice!

When not at work Dr. Ballengee enjoys spending time outside, hiking, doing yard work and playing with her two rescued Dobermans and her cat!

Office Manager and Receptionist: Natalie

Natalie is originally from Jacksonville, FL. While in Florida, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She and her husband have 4 children. In 2006, the family moved to Burlington in search of a positive change. Natalie has been employed at Plaza Veterinary Hospital since 2010. When she is not at here at Plaza helping your pets, you will find her baking, cooking, or shuttling children around.

Receptionist: Bonnie

While originally from New York, you can't hold her roots against her for too long as Bonnie is one of the most friendly and outgoing ladies we have around here. Bonnie has many years of experience in veterinary medicine and is always willing to take her time to talk with you about any concerns you have.  


Veterinary Assistant: Luis

Luis has wanted to be part of the animal care industry since he graduated high school. We are truly lucky to have him join us in the spring of 2015 as part of our team. He has a sincere love of his large breed dogs and is very knowledgeable having raised a few litters of husky puppies! He will take his time to make sure we have answered all your questions before you leave. Luis is also fluent in Spanish.

Veterinary Assistant: Bradley

Bradley was born and raised in Burlington and has been a part of the Plaza Vet Team since 2000. He has 2 elderly dogs, Sam and Sierra, and 2 cats, Jax and Thor. From his own experiences with his dogs, Bradley uses his tricks and information he has learned over the years to help clients with their own geriatric pets! When not working, Bradley enjoys hiking, camping, snow skiing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Veterinary Assistant: Lauren

Lauren is a born-and-raised North Carolinian.  She has a passion for animals as well as for people. She's been schooled in animal studies at the Community College of Rhode Island and just competed her EMT-Basic course at Alamance Community College. Lauren has two pups of her own that she adores, and enjoys making other furry friends at work. If you or your pet need anything, don't hesitate to ask Lauren!

Veterinary Assistant: Tuesday

Tuesday is the youngest of the Plaza team but none the least prepared. She has an Associates Degree in Animal Science from ACC. She was born and raised in Alamance County. When not at work she enjoys exercising and snuggling with her dachshund Cocoa and her hamsters Possum and Skunk.

Receptionist: Tracy

Tracy is a lifelong lover of animals, both great and small! She brings over 20 years of Customer Service experience to our team. She is the mother of 2 beautiful daughters and Thor, her beloved bulldog.  She is more than happy to assist in any way she can!

Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 8am Closed
7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 6pm 4pm Closed

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